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will be greater but there's another factor to keep in mind for 2014. among those who are up to 2014, mitch mcconnell, john cornyn, lindsey graham, saxby chambliss. if you are mitch mcconnell and we have been sitting here four years ago we would have had unanimity that mitch was king of the republican party in kentucky and there was not even a -- for the utterly acknowledged leader and then we get to the 2010 elections and he put every resource he could and every attempt, it every string he could pull to keep rand paul from winning the republican nomination and failed miserably. if you are looking at this from mcconnell's perspective knowing that several of the republicans who ran for the senate this time would not promise going in that they would support mitch mcconnell, and you know that you have the potential for a primary challenge and a party you no longer control, your willingness to compromise on some of these critical issues may be itself compromise. if you are john cornyn you would have stayed out of the race in the republican nomination for the senate this time around but you sat back and w
minority leader, you're leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell told my colleague steve moore, says he does not believe that is his mandate. >> look. as you know i'm a fierce advocate for tax reform for all the reasons we talked about earlier. competitiveness. america is falling behind in terms of our competentive position and one of the main reasons is our tax system is antiquated. it is inefficient. there are ways to fix it. every other country in the world by the way, oecd countries, have transformed, reformed, lower the rates. think about it. we haven't touched it since ronald reagan really. in 1986. bill clinton did raise the rate one point but we haven't done anything to touch our rate and reform our code. every other country, all of them have. taxes gone from 16% to 15%. you do business there. this flow of capital will follow countries that have more competitive environment and taxes are one of them. yes, we have to reform the tax code. when you do that, i will get more revenue. it is guaranteed. again, sort of as i was talking about earlier. this is opportunities here. this is oppor
about the fiscal cliff right now, whether you're in the white house or your mitch mcconnell, which are trying to devise a some kind of cover for john boehner. the voters last night in the exit polls said that they're willing to take higher taxes but they think the government is too big. that's the deal that banner and obama almost got two years ago. so it's there. is within reach but dana has to be given some kind of cover that he can bring, 140 republican votes with him. it's going to be very difficult to do. obama will have to decide whether he wants to go off the cliff to give it up that preoccupation that we have with bush tax cuts, or whether he's going, the better passers, try to cloak into something big and mushy and do we like tax reform, and stretch it out and let the deal be massaged in such a way to increase revenue and more money for growth. anything to avoid that horrible road called a tax increase. but this is the hard work that is ahead. obama has got to make that decision. >> we heard the last panel toggle bit redistricting and its impact on partisanship, especially
. senator mcconnell has to be engaged. harry reid has to be engaged. maybe it is the fiscal cliff, but we have to act on a lot of serious things and we have to do some of it now and we have to do a lot of it next year. if they do the right thing, that our country will benefit and the legacy will be secure. >> i want to open this up for just a minute. there are a lot of people engaged in this effort -- i would like to hear from some of them. before i do that to my would like to ask you a question about the election results. very close election, striking demographic divides that it reveals about the country. the republican voters look a lot like us. look around this room, it was middle-aged white males. the democratic voters, among asians and among young people and unmarried women. what do you say about the country? is a good thing? he says we have to do a better job. >> we have to reach out more and especially young women. we need to reach out and the hispanic and asian community. >> my buddy, the former governor of mississippi says we had a crack at the candidates. one of the most interes
that senator reid, the majority leader said, senator mcconnell, the republican leader said, senator stabenow, senator harkin and senator leahy, and i want to -- them to know that i appreciate very much the recognition that i got. i hope it's nothing special because i hope i am just exhibiting the work ethic of iowans generally, which i think are very -- work very hard. and if i could, if it's not impossible, i'd like to place what i just said in the record after the majority leader spoke. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. grassley: thank you. i meant the majority leader when he spoke at 2:30. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. grassley: mr. president, i'm getting the runaround from the inspector general at the department of defense, and my remarks which are fairly lengthy will be connected with that problem i'm having. with sequestration looming on the horizon, congress needs a truly independent department of defense audit oversight capability. we need it to root out waste. as my friend from oklahoma, senator coburn, knows all too well, rooting department of defense wa
've heard or if you've heard anything from senator mcconnell and what you think his role in this is going to be and -- [inaudible] >> well, i would hope that he and speaker boehner, in most things they work together, and i guess on fiscal reform senator -- speaker boehner has taken the lead. but my view is if, that again, if we'd hear some voices from the mainstream republicans in the country, particularly business, it would make it a lot easier for senator mcconnell to come to an agreement, come to part of that agreement. >> sam? >> well, i was going to -- [inaudible] >> go ahead. >> so what's going to happen and then a broad question on how you see the democratic party entering this phase of government versus two years ago or even some of 2011 when the -- [inaudible] >> okay. yep, i'll answer the second question first. i think democrats, we've, you know, why, for instance -- i think we've gotten much better at focusing both our policies and our message on middle class folks. i think we understand the dilemma that the middle -- the middle class, just take a step back. you know, the ameri
out one-on-one, biden to mcconnell. two people who know each other, trust each other come a couple of grown-ups got it done and i don't see this lame-duck been too much different. >> there's another member of the administration his been through all these awards. 1990 and in the clinton administration and that's leon panetta who is now on defense, but really understands the budget deeply in all parts. so could be another one to really help. >> and another member of congress. but some of the problems the obama administrations have. to use a term not in the derogatory sense because it came to me from the democrat. he said the president was a drive-by senator. he was in a real sender coming as a drive by by senator. came long after pic pick up his paycheck and then became president. tonight it was in the house long enough to understand. biden for 36 years and they did not have a congressional relation to have the kind of institutional memory. now they be forced to get some institutional memory by all of the scar tissue they've acquired over the last little while. >> great. i like to go
mcconnell of kentucky and other party leaders will include john cornyn of texas and he will succeed john kafeel as the minority whip and they've also announced today the national republican senatorial committee will be headed by rob portman and the culture will be the senator looked from texas, ted cruz from capitol hill. treasury secretary to m. geithner spoke yesterday about the fiscal cliff and the financial situation. he was part of the annual wall street journal ceo conference in the nation's conference. his comments are about a half-hour. >> the people in this room we told them before you got here and buy through the beat code 2-1 they do not expect a deal before we hit the cliff. no more information although there is a bit of a highlight of the dominican republic which we haven't figured out. [laughter] i think there is a lot of anxiety in this room about the fiscal clef. do you think that we are going to go over the cliff or are you confident your site can get a deal with the other side before we get there? >> we will have to see that there is every reason to believe that this is
in congress. and yet could either one of them make a deal state within the caucuses? and you know, even if mcconnell and harry reid tried to put something together, they both have some pretty exotic people on their site. and so, no, you're absolutely, you're absolutely right. and then tossing one more factor. you know, you've got all the dysfunction on capitol hill and then have a president who basically has no relationship whatsoever with congress on either side. u.s. virtually no interaction with members of congress. wow. >> let me, mark, let me just add, first of all, i don't agree with anything charlie just said. now, i agree with everything charlie just said. the key may be whether the president shows decisive leadership. now, i don't know what you all think they're i don't know what charlie thinks. i don't think that decisive leadership necessary is what is shown a lot of the time in the first term. it's not that he didn't show any leadership. he staked out general positions, suggestions, ideas, philosophies, the health care reform. but he didn't get his hands really dirty. remember the public
-- [inaudible] >> can you let your mike mcconnell closer, perhaps? >> is this -- [inaudible] >> so-so. >> now we have lost you completely. >> steve, i had a couple things to say. >> we are not getting audio, manal. okay, we will try to recover manal spent this is strictly patriarchal system behind me. >> to think it personal, it doesn't whose defining women's rights. there isn't necessarily one group defines women's rights. we have secular groups and within the islamist and we haven't mentioned the word -- the pressure from the ground up is really polarizing the debate and making a much were difficult for moderate islam is to come up with one of the which we can address the issue of women's rights as a whole slew of issues in ways that will bridge the gap as i think that's a continuing challenge. talking a patriarchal movement, the south is are quite explicit in the rejection of any kinds of what we consider modern democratic rights to women. and, frankly, as seen in tunisia, which where, the police force did include some of the number of women. the kind of political transformations underway may
the roll. quorum call: the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: are we in a quorum call? the presiding officer: we are. mr. mcconnell: i ask the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: with the new year fast approaching, all eyes are on washington and whether the two parties can come together and agree on a plan to avoid a massive year-end tax hike. i truly believe we can. i believe the two parties can avoid the so-called fiscal cliff and in the process i even believe we can agree on a framework for a bipartisan plan to address the even bigger problem of our nation's fiscal solvency. but there are clear obstacles to success. and if we're going to succeed, we want to avoid a job-killing tax hike and put the country on a path to solvency, we need to be clear about what the obstacles are. the first obstacle is a very vocal and very determined group of extremists on the left who are rooting for us to go off the fiscal cliff. they want this to happen. these are the folks the president invited to the white house earlier this week
objection. mr. mcconnell: and, madam president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. warner: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from virginia. mr. warner: madam president, are we in a quorum? the presiding officer: yes. mr. warner: i'd ask that the proceedings of the quorum be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. warner: madam president, i rise today to join my colleague and friend, the senator from delaware, chris coons, in introducing legislation that will make voting faster and more accessible to all voters. here we are barely a week after a historic election in 2012 and can speak about north carolina but in virginia, it's remarkable, in 2012 people had to wait for hours in line to vote. in princ prince william county,s waited for up to three hours. in chesapeake, virginia, folks waited up to four hours. it was remarkable that it was five days after the fact before we even knew the results in florida. 21st century in the greatest democracy in the world, voting shouldn't be thi
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